I love to listen to Catholic podcasts when I do housework or I’m on a long commute. On this list, I share with you my list of 10 Best Catholic podcasts every Catholic should listen to in order to enrich their knowledge of scripture and the Catholic faith.
I would be surprised if there was a Catholic in the United States that hasn’t heard of the Bible in a Year Podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz. For a while it was the most popular podcast on Apple, even beating Joe Rogan.
The Bible in a Year Podcast is as straightforward as its name. It’s about getting you through the entire bible in 365 days. Each day you go through about three scripture readings, a short prayer, and a short reflection.
In my testimony, I share with you how after years of falling away from my Catholic faith, I became a born-again Catholic. One of my first goals after rediscovering my faith was to read the entire bible in order to educate myself. Since 2019, I’ve tried and tried again but failed to complete the entire bible. I struggled to get through difficult passages – even the ones in the book of genesis.
I quickly learned that the bible was no walk in the park. In my heart, I knew that this was not a goal I was going to be able to complete without guidance. When I asked my husband to join me, he was just as intimidated by the bible as I was – we were stuck.
Thank God for the Bible in a Year Podcast.
My husband and I are listening to it together and it has helped us grow in our faith. I am looking forward to the day when my children are old enough to join us in reading the bible together. When my husband and I were kids, our parents didn’t read the bible with us. But thanks to this podcast we can pass on everything we learned to our children.
I took to heart what the book of Joshua reads:
“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success” Joshua 1:8.
It’s not too late to get started. You can start and finish the podcast at any time. It’s based around 365 days of listening and it’s not specific to this year 2021. You can find it on all podcast platforms and YouTube. It’s very easy to follow and Fr. Mike Schmitz explains the scriptures well.
This show centered around the teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas and was hosted by author, Matt Fradd. I bought his books, How to be Happy: Saint Thomas’ Secret to a Good Life and the Pocket Guide to the Rosary Reflection from the Bible and the Saints. Both are great resources.
The Pints with Aquinas podcast is structured around long-form discussions. His video with Seamus Coughlin of Freedom Toons lasted over 4 hours long!
And yes, I did watch the whole video.
He also hosts and moderates debates on the most hot-button issues affecting the Catholic faith with the most brilliant minds on either side of these issues today such as God’s Existence – Trent Horn Vs. Alex O’Connor of Cosmic Skeptic and Abortion Debate: Stephanie Gray Connors Vs. Abortionist Dr. Malcom Potts. There are many debates on his podcast but these are the most notable in my opinion.
He also hosts bible studies which are my favorite form of content from his channel. I invite you to check out: Let Not Your Heart be Troubled | Bible Study W/ Aquinas.
If you’re pressed for time and don’t have one to four hours to listen to a single podcast. I don’t blame you; you can visit Sips with Aquinas on YouTube for short-form content usually between three minutes and ten minutes long. Believe me, I too, am relieved that I can listen to this great content without investing so much time!
The Council of Trent is hosted by… Catholic Apologist and popular author, Trent Horn. Get it?
The real Council of Trent was hosted from 1545 to 1563 in the city of Trent or Trento, Italy. It was a response to the protestant reformation and helped to further define Catholic doctrine.
Of course, this podcast has a lot more going for it than just a cool name. Just like the historical event, Trent Horn, with his podcast is answering hot-button questions using Catholic doctrine such as:
- Do Mormons get their own planet in heaven?
- Proof life begins at conception
- Did St. Paul condemn sodomy or only sexual exploitation?
- Does praying to the saints make them gods?
My favorite episode so far has been #455 – Catholic dating nightmares! This video is hilarious. If you haven’t listened to the Council of Trent Podcast, I’d recommend checking that show first.
If you’re like me and you’ve been intimidated to read Saint Pope John Paul II’s writing titled, Theology of the Body, don’t worry. Christopher West, author of the book, Eclipse of the Body: How We Lost the Meaning of Sex, Gender, Marriage, & Family (And How to Reclaim It), has a podcast answering questions about the Theology of the Body. This podcast is question and answer format. Christopher West and his wife, Wendy West, answer two or three tough questions about sexuality and love in light of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
Recently, I was listening to their podcast episode called, Is He “The One”? | ACW133. On question three, a woman asks about the significance of gravesites in light of the Theology of the Body. Her relative had just passed away and she was trying to convince her other relatives that visiting her loved one’s gravesite had more than just sentimental meaning but rather a deep theology. But her relatives would rebuttal her statement by saying things like, “why visit the body if his soul is in heaven?”
I’ll be honest, I was blown away by the answer. I don’t want to spoil it here because it’s so beautiful.
Christopher West is a brilliant guy with thought-provoking and eloquent answers to even the toughest of questions. I first found out about him when Father Mark Goring and Matt Fradd mentioned him on their channels. The first video I saw with him was absolutely brilliant, titled, Sexual Repression Is NOT Holiness | GOOD NEWS ABOUT SEX & MARRIAGE. This video has provided me with a deeper perspective on love and marriage.
Jeff Cavins is a biblical scholar, probably the most popular of our time, thanks to the Bible in a Year Podcast he co-founded with Father Mike Schmitz. He is also the creator of the Bible Timeline Chart and the Great Adventure Bible. Cavins knows how to explain something as broad and challenging as the bible in the simplest terms.
This podcast is a great addition to the Bible in a Year Podcast. Here Cavins teaches you how to live as a disciple of Christ with practical advice you can use in your daily life. I find his content enjoyable, informative, and refreshing compared to the other podcasts mentioned on this list.
The podcast I most recommend to people from his show is titled, 7 Ways to Love Your Wayward Children. Lots of parents confront me asking for prayers for their children who’ve strayed from the faith. This podcast episode gives seven tips on what to do if you find yourself with grown children who have abandoned their faith or have made poor life decisions.
Each week three Franciscan Friars of the Renewal gather to bring us the wonderful Poco a Poco Podcast. Short for their motto, “poco a poco vamos a llegar, little by little we’re going to make it”.
This podcast has the best opener song ever. I’m a huge fan of Brother Isaiah. I love to jam out to his music with my kids – they love his music too.
This show has three hosts Fr. Innocent, Fr. Angelus, and Fr. Mark-Mary. They each give their perspectives on what they call, “Practical Spirituality.”
If Saint Francis had a podcast, this would be it. I truly mean it when I say it. This podcast embodies the ideology, discipleship, and the practice of servitude that form these friars. I can’t find the lent episode that brought me to tears. It was about the conversion of Mary Magdalene. If I find it again, I’ll link it here.
Also, the artwork/photography they use for the podcast show art is awesome.
This list wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include Dr. Scott Hahn and the Saint Paul Center. Scott Hahn is a very popular author of many books (too many to list here). He’s taught biblical theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville since 1990. On this podcast, Dr. Scott Hahn shares his insight on bible scripture.
He’s very passionate about scripture and his enthusiasm for God’s word is contagious. Once you’ve listened to him for five minutes, you’ll want to take a deep dive into scripture. I really enjoy listening to him. Check out this podcast episode: Theology of the Body: Eucharistic and Mystical. It’s awe-inspiring.
If you don’t have a degree from an ivy-league school in physics and if you don’t have the Summa Theologie memorized, and if you aren’t an expert in all things theology, don’t stress it. The brilliant Dominican Friars are here to educate you on the most complex theological teachings in the simplest terms – for normal folks like us.
These guys are incredibly intelligent. They’re experts in Aquinas and are so well studied in related fields like physics. Whether you’re listening to them via podcast platform or watching their amazing videos on YouTube, you’ll learn alot.
That’s a major understatement. The Dominican friars teaching at the Thomistic Institute are brilliant teachers. Their videos have amazing graphics that make learning complex ideas a breeze for visual learners. I’d recommend you check out all the videos on their channel. My favorite is titled, Does the Universe Have a Purpose? (Aquinas 101).
This show has the best production quality of any show on this list. The Catholic Talkshow is a laid-back enjoyable show with three hosts Ryan DellaCrosse, Ryan Scheel, and Fr. Rich Pagano.
Just because I called this a laidback show doesn’t mean that it’s not packed with informative biblical history, theology, and doctrine. I have learned a lot from this show but my biggest takeaway is that it is very enjoyable.
Their opener and studio set is really cool. I recommend checking them out on YouTube. Although, even if you’re just listening to them on a podcast platform, they have a lot of great content on incredibly fascinating topics.
Their shows include:
- The 7 Most Mysterious People In The Bible
- Why Satan HATES The Virgin Mary
- The Differences Between Catholic Religious Orders
And my personal favorite episode: The Occult & Black Magic With Jimmy Akin
In this episode they discuss these topics:
- What is the Occult?
- What Aquinas wrote about The Occult
- Are Curses real? Can they be broken?
- Do Witches actually have powers?
- Can Catholics believe in Astrology?
- Do Ghosts Exist?
- Do Crystals and Amulets have any effects?
Trust me, it’s an extremely fascinating podcast.
This is my favorite Catholic podcast. The other podcasts on this list are all amazing.
But I have a secret.
I’m a bit of a geek for SciFi, ghost stories, and mysteries. And does Jimmy Akin deliver!
Jimmy Akin is a brilliant Catholic apologist for Catholic Answers and an author. In this podcast, he brings his expertise to the table and mixes it with urban legends, crimes, conspiracies, and tales of supernatural occurrences.
Unlike the other podcasts where I would link my favorite or noteworthy episode, Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World is different. Here I would say, check out all his content. It’s fascinating and thought-provoking. There’s never a dull moment on this podcast. When my husband and I are traveling or on a long commute, it’s our favorite podcast to listen to.
If you’re interested, I also have an entire list of my favorite Catholic Resources where I list my favorite books, educational resources, YouTube channels, and Sacramentals. Thank you for reading, hope you found this list of great Catholic podcasts helpful.